The A66 at Penrith has now re-opened both ways following a crash just before 7am this morning.

The incident occurred near the Whinfell Park turn-off.

Police said earlier that the A66 at Penrith between the Center Parcs turn-off and A686 Carleton Avenue (Kemplay Bank Roundabout) and Kirkby Thore would be closed in both directions for some time due to a road traffic collision.

HGV's had an alternative route via M6 and A69, with smaller vehicles using the C3056. Police and Highways staff attended to relieve standing traffic.